It's apple picking season and it's a good one this year with a great crop. I went to the orchard near us on Saturday afternoon. It was HOT and sunny and just a gorgeous day. I didn't walk too far around in the orchard due to knee problems. The uneven ground and dropped apples are a danger to me right now so I have to be careful. This orchard is on the farm where Murray grew up. Murray's dad had an small orchard here followed by two other owners who expanded the orchard with hundreds of trees. The current owner is in his 3rd season I think. He has planted thousands of trees, added raspberries, strawberries and pumpkins for U-pick. Apple farming is very weather dependent so it's risky, like any farming is, really. And then there are the deer - a huge problem around here.
I liked this beautiful display as I drove into the parking area.
This is a display of pumpkins in front of the sales building.
produce for sale
Now who or what do you suppose ate part of this apple while it was still hanging on the tree??
The Honeycrisp aisle.
Big beautiful red Honeycrisp apples.
The newest raspberry patch.
One row of apple trees growing in the espalier way. Unfortunately the deer got into the orchard over the winter and ate a lot of these new trees that were planted last fall. The owner is installing new 8 foot tall page wire fencing around the existing electric fence this fall which will hopefully keep the deer from getting in and destroying the trees.
It's October 1st today. September went by so fast and was such a busy month but I guess every month is busy and we just keep going with the flow, thankful for every day we are blessed with.
Last night the moon was peeking through the clouds. I took a photo when it was just about dark and when I cropped it it looked so cool with the rough edge down the middle. It looks like a torn piece of paper doesn't it?
We haven't had many bonfires this summer as it was either wet or windy or we just weren't around to do it. I'm hoping we can have a bonfire this weekend to sit around and maybe have s'mores. This is just a fire to burn the ever present weeds from our vegetable garden. We pulled weeds for over an hour after supper and the wheel barrow is full for another fire. We threw on some old wood and cardboard and got it going good. It was almost dark and I was on the deck which is about 50 feet from the fire pit. I used the night setting on my camera but the picture is grainy even though I propped my elbows on the deck railing for stability. Do you see the deer? There is one on the left and one on the right just above the fence rail. The two legged one is my "dear". :-) Murray said there were 7 or 8 of them passing by and I could barely see them as it was quite dark.
I hope you enjoyed my visit to the apple orchard again this year. I hope to go back and pick some Cortland and McIntosh this weekend. They are hosting the N B Antique Auto Club there on Saturday afternoon which would be very interesting to see.
I'll be back again with pictures of our fall drive to Maine and all the beautiful colours. See you soon!
Wishing you a happy and blessed October!